Our service is being constantly monitored and adapted in line with governmental guidelines and common sense to mitigate the spread of the virus. This page contains our latest response to the crisis to ensure we keep our clients and team safe.
If you or someone you know has any concerns about personal training and the effect of COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll be happy to talk.
Our Covid-19 policy
Covid-19 has presented many challenges to work and social life. As personal trainers invested in the health and well-being of our clients and our team, it is of utmost concern to us to ensure we mitigate the spread of the virus, whilst promoting a message of health and fitness to help reduce the chances of a serious outcome.
Using the latest governmental guidelines, as well as our common sense, all of our services are being constantly adapted to ensure we keep our clients and our team safe. We are also committed to doing what we can to help people be fitter, stronger and healthier at a time when it is so important.
Our priorities as a team of trainers are to:
Keep clients and team safe Promote health and fitness
Latest update – 1st August ’20
Following CIMSPA’s new guidelines (governing body for personal trainers), we are now offering the following services:
- On location one-to-one personal training in client’s homes or gardens
- Group personal training for up to 5 clients in an outdoor location
- One-to-one or group online personal training
- Online classes
*these services adhere to strict social distancing guidelines to minimise the spread of the virus. See our guidelines below.
We recommend online personal training where possible to clients as the first port of call.
Vulnerable adults who have been shielding are now able to train as of 1st August. This typically includes those who are pregnant, have high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, diabetes or other cardio-respiratory conditions.
Trainers will only visit clients in their home if both parties agree that it is safe to do so.
Please note that trainers may choose, at their discretion, to refrain from training a client anytime if the trainer considers it to be unsafe.
General guidelines for sessions
For on-location personal training sessions, these are our current guidelines for trainers and clients in line with government guidelines:
- Trainers and clients should keep 2m apart at all times, and avoid all close proximity and physical contact throughout sessions. This means trainers will not currently be able to offer assisted stretches, spotting or physical assistance during exercises.
- Trainers and clients are encouraged to wash hands or use an anti-bacterial hand gel regularly, including before and after sessions in line with government guidelines.
- Trainers and clients are encouraged to wear a mask when it is appropriate to do so to avoid unnecessary spray. This includes for the trainer on entry into and out of the client’s garden, and throughout the session if appropriate.
- Trainers and clients should avoid touching their face and have a tissue handy to sneeze or cough into.
- If the trainer or the client is showing symptoms, or has been in contact with someone showing symptoms, they must self-isolate for 7 days.
We encourage clients to use their own equipment where possible. For a selection of the kinds of equipment we use, check out our home equipment guide. When the trainer brings equipment into the session, we recommend the following protocol:
- Trainer carries equipment into client’s garden or outdoor space without assistance
- Trainer sets up equipment in a space where it can be easily picked up by client
- Trainer cleans hands and sprays or wipes down equipment with disinfectant
- Equipment isn’t touched by the trainer until the session is finished
- Trainer cleans hands, and sprays or wipes down equipment once more
- Trainer carries equipment out without assistance
During the current crisis, some fitness assessments won’t be carried out to reduce the risk. We recommend the client self-administers these tests wherever possible. It is essential to check with a GP before beginning an exercise programme if you’re unsure about an existing condition.
The following tests may have to be skipped or self-administered*:
- Taking blood pressure
- Resting heart rate (using chest strap monitor)
- Waist & hip measurements
*Some of these assessments are part of the money-back guarantee. Unfortunately, as long as government guidelines stipulate avoiding contact, and assessments are skipped as a result, the money-back guarantee will not apply.
Trainers may use other tests to help measure progress as long as it is relevant and safe to do so. These tests will be used only to measure progress, and cannot be used as replacements for the official batter of assessments – and therefore the money-back guarantee would still not apply.